FLOOD WATCH: NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBANY NY

January 29th, 2013

FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
THURSDAY AFTERNOON…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBANY HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WATCH FOR ALL EASTERN NEW YORK AND ADJACENT WESTERN NEW ENGLAND.

* FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

* A STRONG STORM SYSTEM WILL BRING 1 TO 3 INCHES OF RAINFALL TO
  THE ALBANY FORECAST AREA FROM TONIGHT INTO THURSDAY MORNING. THIS IS EXPECTED TO BE ACCOMPANIED BY ABOVE FREEZING
  TEMPERATURES AND SOME SNOW MELT. IN ADDITION…THE GROUND IS
  FROZEN ACROSS MOST OF THE AREA.

* THE COMBINATION OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN AND SNOW MELT ON
  FROZEN GROUND WILL LIKELY CAUSE LOCALIZED SMALL STREAM FLOODING. WITH SOME ROAD CULVERTS CLOGGED WITH ICE…A FEW RURAL ROAD WASHOUTS ARE ALSO LIKELY. PAST HISTORY SAYS THAT EVENTS LIKE THIS ALSO PRODUCE A COUPLE OF HILLSIDE SLIPS OR MUD SLIDES IN STEEP TERRAIN. BASEMENT FLOODING IS ALSO POSSIBLE.

* SHORT LIVED RIVER ICE JAMS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. ICE IS NOT YET
  THICK ENOUGH FOR LONG LIVED ICE JAMS THAT WOULD CAUSE SERIOUS FLOODING. SOME MINOR FLOODING IS POSSIBLE FROM ICE JAMS.

* THERE IS A LOW CHANCE FOR LARGER RIVER FLOODING AT THIS TIME.
  NO LARGER RIVER FLOODING IS FORECAST BY THE RIVER FORECAST
  CENTER. HOWEVER…LATER FORECASTS SHOULD BE MONITORED.

* TIMING…BEST CHANCE FOR FLOODING LOOKS TO BE WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON CURRENT FORECASTS.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE
FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.